This is a page for the DLF Working Group on Labor in Digital Libraries.
Working Group on Labor in Digital Libraries, Archives, and Museums
Read an announcement on the group's formation, by Ruth Tillman.
As of April, 2017, this group is forming two smaller working groups with two facilitators each, based on themes pulled from member introductions and responses to the initial interest survey (now closed). Join a sub-group by filling out this form.
Contingency and Precarity
Facilitators: Ruth Tillman, Sandy Rodriguez
Topics: Grant-funded & term positions, organizing workers, digitization & labor (including labor of incarcerated workers), labor and digital scholarship, internships, credential creep/credentialism
- Develop toolkit for labor advocacy
- Promote publication "Do Better" -Love(,) Us: Guidelines for Developing and Supporting Grant-Funded Positions in Digital Libraries, Archives, and Museums and explore next steps toward adoption.
- performing a literature review on contingency and precarity (2017)
- drafting guidelines for designing grant-funded positions (2018-2019)
- applying for IMLS National Leadership in Libraries forum grant (2018)
- As part of the Collective Responsibility Labor Forum (2018-2020):
- conducting a survey to develop a collective understanding of the experiences of grant-funded digital LAM workers
- constructing best practices, recommendations, and benchmarks appropriate to participating institutions and funders
- "Do Better" -Love(,) Us: Guidelines for Developing and Supporting Grant-Funded Positions in Digital Libraries, Archives, and Museums (2020)
- White paper from Collective Responsibility Phase 1 (2019)
- Survey results and project documents (2019-2020)
- List of readings on contingency and precarity (2017- )
Facilitators: Amy Wickner (Melissa Chalmers, on leave)
Topics: Organiz(ed/ing) labor, (in)visibility, maintenance, emotional labor, classification of labor, transitions across categories of labor, worker-centered assessment, hiring and retention practices especially re: members of marginalized communities
- Collaborate on a research agenda for valuing labor in digital libraries (2018)
- Host working conversations to highlight advocacy, research, and skills of relevance to working group members (2019)
- Create a list of groups and campaigns also working on labor issues (2019)
- Research projects (2020)
- To what extent and how are digital LAM workers organized?
- What organizing and advocacy tactics can be effective while minimizing risk for workers?
- What are creative and effective ways to share data about digital LAM labor?
- Research Agenda: Valuing Labor in Digital Libraries (August 2018)
- Related Groups, Initiatives, and Resources: Table / List (November 2019 with ongoing updates)